WORKS have begun on the “missing piece” of the Bay Trail after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal endorsed Kingston Council’s plans for the project (‘Bay Trail gets VCAT go ahead’, The News 9/4/15).
This will allow a 600 metre section at Mentone to complete the continuous bike path around Port Phillip Bay.
The three-metre wide path next to Beach Road will run from Charman Rd to the Mentone Lifesaving Club. A reconfiguration of the Mundy St car park will allow the new path to link up with existing sections of the Bay Trail.
Some vegetation along Beach Rd has been removed, which the council says it will compensate for with off-set plantings elsewhere and other vegetation and weed control works.
The mayor Cr Geoff Gledhill said the project had been discussed for many years and he was pleased residents would soon be able to enjoy the results.
“This is a valuable community project that will make it easier and safer for the community to walk, ride and run along our beautiful foreshore area,” he said.
“I’m pleased that VCAT agreed that the project would cause only a ‘negligible’ loss of native vegetation that would be compensated by off-set planning.”
Construction works will take about two months, depending on weather conditions.
Some traffic and parking changes will occur in the area during the construction works, which may affect travel times in the area.